City wins national tourism award

Charlie Zannino with the award at Sandalford’s Winery in the Swan Valley.
Charlie Zannino with the award at Sandalford’s Winery in the Swan Valley.

City mayor Charlie Zannino accepted the award on behalf of the council in Sydney on Friday.

He said the award was recognition of the city’s significant efforts as a tourism leader over many years.

‘This award cements the city’s reputation as a leader in this industry in Australia,’ he said.

‘We were up against some tough competition and are thrilled with the win.’

The city edged out silver medallist Port Macquarie Hastings Council (NSW) and bronze medallists Alexandrina Council (SA) to win the prize.

Mr Zannino said the City of Swan had won the WA Tourism Award for the local government category each year since it was introduced in 2011.

‘To have now won at the national level highlights the excellent work being done in our region,’ he said.

The city’s submission highlighted its regional marketing, product development, interpretive infrastructure and visitor servicing initiatives.

Among the key initiatives described were the Swan Valley heritage cycle trail and Food and Wine Trail, the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, a suite of Swan Valley publications, Amazing Valley Chase, Great Valley Rally, Guildford Heritage Walk Trails and the new, all-abilities playground at Swan Regional Riverside Park.

Kings Park also won a gold medal in the festival and events category at the awards.

The month-long Kings Park Festival downed entries from Canberra’s National Folk Festival, the Cellar Door Wine Festival in Adelaide, and the Deniliquin Blues and Roots Festival, in NSW.